What Are Never Events and How Do They Happen?

by | Dec 2, 2015 | Firm News, Surgical Errors |

There are many kinds of surgical errors that affect patients, by the most
common may surprise you. Known as never events and WSPEs, wrong-site,
wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors are dangerous and potentially deadly
to patients.

If you’ve been a patient who has suffered from a wrong-site surgery,
you may wonder how that takes place. It’s possible that the original
surgeons writing was misunderstood, that the markings made to indicate
the surgical area were incorrect, or that the wrong body site was tallied
on a chart or reference sheet. As a patient, it’s important that
you pay attention to any errors or misinformation you receive, so you
can correct the doctors who are helping you.

Wrong-patient surgeries may be a little harder to understand. How can someone
confuse a patient, and how can a patient go along with that error? With
as much as patients have to worry about, some may not realize that the
procedure isn’t meant for them. For instance, wrong-patient surgeries
may result because two patients with similar names were in rooms next
to each other; the person collecting the patient for surgery may not have
realized that the names were so similar and ignored a slight discrepancy.

Of course, any of these errors are medical errors that you can take to
court in a malpractice claim. You shouldn’t have to go through a
second surgery to operate on the correct site after recovering from a
wrong-site surgery. You shouldn’t suffer from a surgery you didn’t
need or because someone else got the surgery you did need. Your attorney
can help you make a claim if you’ve been victimized by these kinds
of mistakes.


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